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Nitrite Cucle nearing completion?
Old 11-19-2007, 06:31 AM   #1
 
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Nitrite Cucle nearing completion?

Alright I have had this tank only a few days.

http://www.fishforum.com/aquarium-lo...ters.php?t=813

But my ammonia seems rather low for one figure 8 puffer. He is a messy eater so a lot of food just falls to the bottom of the tank.

This was a used aqaurium and I did not change the bio wheel in the filter.
When I picked up the tank it looked like it hadn't been used in a while though.

Is my nitrate cycle barely starting or is it nearly finished?

I know it is mean to use live fish. However this fish was bought for me when I was sick and before I knew about the nitrate cycle. He's doing fine!!
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Old 11-19-2007, 06:51 AM   #2
 
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What test kit are you using? Unless my eyes are deceiving me, the results appear that you seem stuck to only ammonia.
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Old 11-19-2007, 08:33 AM   #3
 
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API Master Fresh Water Test Kit

This tank filter does use carbon.
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Old 11-19-2007, 09:40 AM   #4
 
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Looks like your cycle is just starting. You will get readings for ammonia for a while, then they will turn to nitrites and then to nitrates. Your cycle is finished when you have 0 ammonia, 0 nitrites and a reading of nitrates under 40ppm.

The cycle could take anywhere between a few weeks and a few months, which is why I have stated "for a while" rather than giving any guidelines on how long each stage might be.

You have a good test kit however, so if you take regular reading you will see changes in the readings in time.

Good luck. :)
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Old 11-19-2007, 09:46 AM   #5
 
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